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West Ham head of recruitment given 12-month ban for block on African players

Tony Henry admitted to the misconduct charge and is banned from all football activity.

Henry chats with David Moyes in January.
Henry chats with David Moyes in January.
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FORMER HEAD OF recruitment at West Ham United, Tony Henry, has been given a 12-month suspension by the Football Association.

The ban, preventing him from engaging in any footballing activity, comes after Henry  told an agent that the Premier League club would not sign any more African players during the January transfer window.

In response to questions from the Daily Mail about the racial aspects of that approach to recruitment, Henry asserted it was because players from Africa – a continent with a population of 1.2 billion – ‘have a bad attitude’.

West Ham suspended Henry in January as a result and, in May, he was charged with misconduct by the FA.

“It was wrong, and I totally apologise,” Henry said after being charged.

“I just want to say that I’m sorry. I want to apologise most to the African players, the players of African descent, but also everybody because I feel I’ve let them down.”

Today’s statement from the FA said that Henry is required to attend an education course, adding:

“Mr Henry admitted a misconduct charge in relation to comments he made that were improper and/or insulting and/or abusive and included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality.’

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